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Intense Controversy over Labor Rights
Kim Yeojeong  |
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승인 2019.03.13  23:23:25
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▲ The campus wall posters on labor rights. Provided by KU Board Record Facebook page.
During the first week of 2019 spring semester, numerous campus wall posters have been posted at the West Gate. They deplored the situation where the treatment of the working class is growing steadily worse beginning from the revision of Higher Education Act to the strengthening of flexicurity. Furthermore, one of the posters written to commemorate the International Women’s Day, denunciated sexual discrimination prevalent in the labor market.
On March 11, the Social Science Society called Small Liberty posted a wall poster contending that current labor policies are heading towards the way which will eventually increase hardships of workers. Since the Korean government agreed to strengthen flexicurity to pursue active labor market on February 19, laborers can now work up to 64 hours a week, while 60 hours per week is the level that can lead to death from overwork, implying how the poor working conditions are in Korea. Small Liberty called for a fundamental solution for such a detrimental working environment, sharing its opinion with the other wall poster posted by Student March.
Another issue that has been continuously discussed is the Higher Education Act. Members from the alumni group of Class of 1985 implored Korea University (KU) to offer better treatment for part-time instructors, pointing out that the docent fees comprise only 5.5% of KU’s whole budget. As the policies on labor rights are constantly changing, the moves to address such important matters have often been made in KU. By delivering the voice of certain groups on campus, these wall posters urges KU people to hold a measured view on labor rights. 
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